From ethnic to sexy & classic Tracing the evolution of fashionable blouses

Source : The Times of India, Kolkata. 
  Remember the days when a blouse meant going to the nearest ‘matching centre’ to pick up cotton yardage to go with that new sari. Not any more. From being a mere supplement, blouses have gone glam with a vengeance with long sleeves, low backs, plunging necklines, bows, strings, tassels and whatever else have you. 

Remniscient of the highfashion era of Sharmila Tagore and Hema Malini in the 1960s, trendy cholis in brocade, net and velvet are once again adding a much needed dose of glamour to a woman’s wardrobe.
Muzaffar Ali, known for his ethnic collections, said, “The new trend is long sleeves with a vintage or Victorian crossover look. Also, embroidered corset blouses can add volume to the wardrobe. Blouses in fabrics like net, velvet and crepe playing with trans
parency on bright colours are perfect for the Indian skin tone.”
    From designer studios to the silver screen, the new trends are fast catching up. Priyanka Chopra was seen in a long sleeved blouse in “7 Khoon Maaf”, while Deepika Padukone sported deep cut blouses with strings at the back in “Aarakshan”. 

    Predicting more interesting traditional trends, ace designer JJ Valaya said, “For me, clean empire cuts, and keyhole necklines with deep backs can accentuate one’s looks,” he said.
    Also, strapless blouses knotted at the back along with one shoulder beaded cholis are some of the most in-vogue styles.
    “Blouses play a very important role, whether you want to look sexy, hot or classical. Now, women concentrate more on choosing the perfect blouse for the occasion than they do on the sari,” claims designer Abdul Halder.

Priyanka Chopra.